Grinding wheel safety, it’s a big thing. Injuries from grinding wheels can be fatal and it is so important to protect yourself and your employees as best as possible. Everyone knows to wear safety gear, but are you running the wheel at the proper speed, or are your operators keeping the guard on the grinder? These steps can make a huge difference.
We put together a 3 minute video demonstrating 13 steps to keeping you and your employees safe while using grinding wheels. Even if you are a seasoned grinding wheel operator, it’s good to refresh on the basics every once in a while.
Safety in the workplace is a top priority for us at Rex-Cut. We work to manufacturing the safest abrasive products possible, and we want to make sure each grinding wheel operator is informed on how to correctly use the wheels. Please share this video with anyone you think could benefit from a safety tutorial.
Here are our 13 safety steps in list form.
- Read safety information that comes with the wheels. Look in or on the product box for safety instructions. Read all safety guidelines, including the safety icons located on the wheel. For additional grinding wheel safety, read the ANSI B7.1 Safety Code.
- Handle grinding wheels in a careful manner. Carefully handle grinding wheels. Never use wheels that have been dropped. Even if they visually appear intact, they may have been compromised.
- Inspect wheel for cracks or damage. Before running any wheel, new or used, inspect it for cracks or damage. If damage is found, do not use the grinding wheel.
- Use proper tool for the wheel you have selected. Always use the tool your wheel was made to run on. Use a right angle grinder for type 27 wheels.
- Wear proper safety gear. Safety gear is important. Always wear safety glasses, protective gloves, and a mask when grinding. If debris flies, you will want to be prepared.
- Run wheel at or below Maximum RPM listed for the grinding wheel. Never overspeed a wheel. Run the wheel at or below the listed Maximum RPM to prevent breakage. Many wheels actually work better and last longer when run at lower speeds.
- NEVER run a wheel without a guard in place. Make sure the guard is in place before you start grinding. It will deflect sparks, debris, and wheel fragments if the grinding wheel breaks during use.
- Secure metal/worpiece. Fasten the metal you will be working with, the workpiece should not move as you grind. And never use your hand to hold the workpiece.
- Use two hands when holding a right angle grinder. Keep one hand on the body of the grinder and one hand on the side handle for optimum control. Never touch a running wheel.
- Run a new wheel for at least one minute before touching metal. Run the wheel at operating speed for one minute to make sure the wheel isn’t defective before putting it to metal.
- Grind at a 30° angle. Grind at a safe diagonal angle. Don’t run flat, as this will cause excesive thinning of the grinding wheel. Also, do not use at 90 degree angle unless the wheel is made for both face and side grinding.
- Use correct force while grinding. Don’t use too much force while grinding. This could cause wheel breakage. Let the wheel do the work, you will achieve a better finish.
- Properly store grinding wheels. Rex-Cut grinding wheels should be stacked flat, not on their edges, in a dry area. Recheck wheels before each use.